The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic
The necessity of establishing and maintaining political and information contacts of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic with the outside world was conditioned by a complete disregard of the interests of the pridnestrovian people, a political confrontation with the Republic of Moldova, which ended in aggression of Moldova against Pridnestrovie.
On July 1, 1992 the President of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic took a historic decision to establish an executive body responsible for relationships with foreign countries and international organizations – the Republican bureau of foreign relations. It was headed by Yuriy Isakovich Grosul.
In the autumn of 1992 the Bureau was reorganized into the Republican board on foreign relations. In March 1993 the State Secretary of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic – Litskai Valeriy Anatolievich was appointed the head of the Board. He is still at the head of the department on the foreign policy of the Republic.
In 1997 the State Secretariat was established; some duties of the Republican board on foreign relations were devolved on the Secretariat.
Improvement of the system of public authorities of Pridnestrovie, growing international authority of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic resulted in the establishment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic.
Nowadays the Ministry consists of 4 boards, 15 departments and services. The Board of foreign political relations headed by first deputy minister Slobodenuk Ruslan Viktorovich comprises the department on relationships with the Russian Federation, the Ukraine and CIS countries, the department on relationships with the Republic of Moldova and negotiations, the department on relationships with foreign countries and international organizations.
The Board of functional management headed by deputy minister Yankovsky Vitaliy Valentinovich includes information, analytical, financial, law departments, the department of international economic cooperation, the protocol and translation service, consular and press service.
The Board of affairs headed by Bud Aleksander Kupriyanovich is engaged in maintenance and management of the Ministry. It’s planned to activate the Board in providing for legations.
It’s worth marking that an average age of administrative personnel is 34; an average age of officials is 28. A series of officers of the Ministry were awarded state rewards of Pridnestrovie and foreign states. The Minister of foreign affairs of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic was awarded the high reward of PMR – the Order of the Republic. The counsellor of the department on relations with the Ukraine was awarded a medal “For Defender of Pridnestrovie” for his courage and heroism. Labour achievements of Alina Nikolaevna Demkova and Olga Dmitrievna Vyhovanets were marked with medals “For devoted service”.
Most of the officers graduated from higher educational institutions of Pridnestrovie. They serve the republic and its people faithfully.
The style of pridnestrovian diplomats including businesslike character, constructiveness, respect for rights and interests of partners is the key to new victories in the diplomatic field.
Experience, maturity, knowledge combined with the youth fervour, maximalism and selfless devotion to the Motherland, also desire for making every effort to serve for the good of the Motherland create brilliant prospects of efficient implementation of objectives of the Ministry.
The pridnestrovian diplomacy uses all peaceful means of the international practice: consultations, meetings, bilateral and multilateral conferences, summits of heads of states and ministers of foreign affairs. Representatives of the Ministry participate in elaboration of important draft treaties. Treaties and agreements between the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic and the Republic of Abkhazia, the Republic of South Osetiya and the Nogorno-Karabahskaya republic have been signed.
The Consultative Council of experts and the Conference of ministers of foreign affairs of Abkhazia, Nagorny Karabah, South Osetiya and Pridnestrovie have been established with a view to activate interrelations in economic, cultural and other spheres, to form common ways of settling conflicts. The first meeting took place in Tiraspol in November 2000.
Our Republic is in diplomatic correspondence with other countries. Declarations, notes, press-releases, communiqués are of great importance in diplomacy and foreign political activity of the state.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) is empowered to generalize and analyze information concerning the international situation and make offers on problems of the foreign policy to the government
The MFA participates both in making preparations to receive foreign official delegations and making official visits of high-ranking officials of Pridnestrovie to foreign states.
A great number of foreign delegations visit our Republic every year. It promotes a better mutual understanding and solution of contemporary problems.
The MFA makes a great contribution to break an information blockade. It makes every effort to form a positive image of the state in the eyes of the European and world community trying to inform the world community about the real situation in the republic and to disprove slander of some politicians concerning the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic.
The MFA is the chief executive body in the field of relations with foreign countries and international organizations. It was empowered by the President of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic to coordinate activity of all governing bodies within the bounds of a common foreign policy of the Republic.
An active foreign political activity of any state is a key to respect for its rights and interests by the world community.
The character of relations between countries has been changing steadily: from confrontation and suspiciousness to open cooperation and mutually beneficial partnership.
The constructive position of the world community (recognition of some new states, elaboration of the conception of interstate association) promoted new friendly relations between states.
A well-known author of works in diplomacy an Englishman G. Nicholson wrote: “The objective of diplomacy is to maintain contacts between two sovereign states by means of negotiations.” The Ministry of foreign affairs of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic is not an exception to this rule. So it is empowered to provide the functioning of the Commission on coordination of negotiations on political settlement of relationships between the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic and the Republic of Moldova headed by V.A. Litskai.
A well-balanced position based on making compromises was greatly appreciated and supported by countries-guarantors and mediators in the settlement of the conflict. Signing a number of agreements between the parties considering the interests of Pridnestrovie proved the professionalism of pridnestrovian experts.
An optimal model of structuring common state with the Republic of Moldova has been drawn up by pridnestrovian diplomats on the basis of the most successful kinds of settling the same disputes. Our suggestions were presented to the spokesmen for countries-guarantors and mediators in the course of Bratislava meeting on 19-20 February 2002.
On July 1, 2002 the Ministry of foreign affairs marked its 10-th anniversary.
There were a lot of events that made us work hard. It was a difficult period of making and searching for the most effective lines in conducting the foreign policy of the unrecognized state.
The Ministry of foreign affairs asserts and will assert interests and sovereignty of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic by means of the progressive politics and diplomacy.
Purposeful, considered, intended for advance actions of the Ministry guarantee the effective activity of the MFA and confidence in the future of our Republic.
Structure of the Ministry of foreign affairs:
- The Secretariat :Minister, First Deputy Minister, Deputy Minister
- Board of foreign political relations:
- Department on relationships with the Russian Federation, the Ukraine and CIS countries
- Department on relationships with the Republic of Moldova and negotiations
- Department on relationships with foreign countries and international organizations
- Board of functional management:
- Information department
- Analytical department
- Law department
- Department on international economic cooperation
- Consular service
- Protocol and translation service
- Board of affairs:
- Department of economy and transportation
- Construction department
- Board on providing legations
- Financial department
Minister of foreign affairs Litskai Valeriy Anatolievich
He was born in Tver (Russia) on February 13, 1949 in the family of workers. He is Russian.
In 1966 he left the secondary school №11 in Tiraspol.
He started working in 1966; he served in the Soviet Army between 1969 and 1971.
He worked in Tiraspol between 1971 and 1974.
In 1974 he entered the University of the Order of friendship between nations named after Patris Lumumba in Moscow; he graduated from the university in 1980. he gained qualification of a historian-specialist on international affairs and an interpreter.
He worked in Cuba between 1980 and 1982.
Between 1982 and 1990 he was a lecturer in the Kishinev State University at the chamber of social sciences.
In 1990 he moved to Tiraspol because of a worsening political situation in Moldova. The same year he was appointed counsellor on political problems of the Chairman of PMSSR, also press-secretary and head of the press-service of PMSSR.
In 1991 he was appointed State Secretary and Head of the Board on foreign relationships of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic. He has been at the head of the commission on coordination of negotiations between the Republic of Moldova and Pridnestrovie since 1994.
Members of the commission are engaged in searching for ways of a complete settlement of the conflict between the Republic of Moldova and Pridnestrovie.
He was awarded a high reward of PMR – “Order of Republic”, the President’s diploma, medals “For irreproachable service” of the third degree and “The 10-th anniversary of PMR”.
In 2000 he was appointed minister of foreign affairs of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic.
He speaks English and Spanish perfectly. He has a high reputation of a professional conflict-resolver, a specialist in political problems. He is one of initiators of the “Hague initiative on settlement of conflicts in CIS”.
He is married. He has two sons and a daughter.
Address: Tiraspol, Sverdlov Street, 45
Phone (fax): (37330) 62427